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July 2018 issue

From Russian ballet to Blackpool Dance Festival and beyond, our July 2018 issue is truly global. We have reports from the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm, features on ballet in the Soviet Union and on a collection of costumes relating to Bronislava Nijinska, not to mention the Bolshoi Ballet School of Brazil. We also hear […]

Lost Illusions by Barbara Newman

The Royal Ballet and the Maly Drama Theatre make an unlikely couple. One concerns itself with dance, the other with theatre. At capacity, the Royal Opera House accommodates 2,256 people, and the Maly’s home – “maly” means small in Russian – seats only 400, which means the buildings themselves impose different demands on performers. Liam […]

June 2018 issue

There’s an American slant to our June 2018 issue, with reports from San Francisco Ballet’s extraordinary Unbound: A Festival of New Works, plus interviews with artistic directors Julie Kent, of The Washington Ballet, and Hope Muir, of Charlotte Ballet. Then there are interviews with Strictly’s Kevin Clifton and with competitive ballroom couple Kyle Taylor and […]

Log-in from London

Graham Watts experiences the capital’s dance scene during March and April 2018 One of the better rites of spring is that these months bring out the best of dance and this year’s ritual feast was special, including a host of London, UK and world premieres. Sadler’s Wells was busy at the beginning of March, opening […]

Daniel Pratt on costumes for ballet

I wasn’t in London for the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Games in March, but a profile published on British Vogue’s website of Erdem Moralıoğlu, Wheeldon’s costume designer for the Hellenistically-infused ballet, excited me. Fashion and dance are intoxicating bed fellows; it’s satisfying that a contemporary fashion designer from the UK is working with a […]

May 2018 issue

In the May 2018 issue, Dancing Times travels the world – from Staatsballett Berlin to dance in Chile, from Blackpool Dance Festival to ten years of Ballet Theatre UK, plus our regular reporting from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia and the US…             A decade of growth David Mead on […]

Recording History by Barbara Newman

In 1979, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Dance Film Archive of the University of Rochester in New York restored 15 minutes of silent film shot between 1902 and 1906 and featuring the leading artists of the Royal Danish Ballet. Nine tiny ballet excerpts sprang to life, with added piano accompaniment matching the appropriate music […]

Risks Worth Taking by Barbara Newman

In 1921 when Serge Diaghilev produced The Sleeping Princess (commonly called The Sleeping Beauty) in London, he had trouble selling it. Accustomed to an assortment of styles, subjects, music and design in every programme, the public was disappointed by the endless string of classical ensembles and variations, and the production closed halfway through its intended […]

Merce at 100: global celebrations of Cunningham’s centenary

The Merce Cunningham Trust has announced a global centennial celebration of the choreographer’s legacy, beginning this autumn. It will include Night of 100 Solos, in which 100 dancers will perform in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris, plus film screenings, education initiatives and new works responding to Cunningham’s work. More than 60 companies are […]

Come Again

Barbara Newman considers works by Richard Alston and Alain Platel Violette Verdy once told me, “Style is a moving field, moving sand. It can be reproduced but it doesn’t always necessarily reflect something that is present or actual, so it has to be done for itself, as a demonstration. It’s like yoga. Yoga is not […]

April 2018 issue

The April issue of Dancing Times has the thoughts of several leading company directors, from an interview with The Royal Ballet’s Kevin O’Hare to Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson on standards of behaviour in the ballet world. We also look at gender fluidity in dance, speak to dancers from Chicago to ballet, and offer our regular […]

Royal Ballet 2018–2019 season

The Royal Ballet will dance new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor and Liam Scarlett in the 2018 to 2019 season, and a new work by Aletta Collins as part of the first season of the reopened Linbury Theatre. The Royal Opera House has said that it will announce more works by […]

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